Casting an Eye Over The National Hunt with The Sportsman Racing

Any very soft ground would rule Tataniano out of the reckoning as witnessed in January 2010 at Newbury when he was turned over at odds of 2-11 by Suntini who was only officially rated 118. Entered at Cheltenham on Sunday his main target is the Tingle Creek for which there are no prices yet and he is a 16-1 chance for the Champion Chase. Another Paul Nicholls’ charge Silviniaco Conti was comprehensively defeated on his chase debut by the impressive Cue Card. Silviniaco Conti left that run behind when landing the Grade 2 Rising Stars Novice Chase at Wincanton by 25 lengths. The faster pace of the race was key here as he left decent opposition trailing in his wake. Silviniaco Conti was a good hurdler – Timeform rated 162 and his chase mark has already reached 145p after just two outings over the larger obstacles. The third-highest rated hurdler in the Nicholls yard a year ago behind Big Bucks and Celestial Halo his chasing career has long been anticipated and he should be followed over the course of the season with the Feltham on Boxing Day within his compass.  ]]>